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Free meals offered in Scottsdale this summer

The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Summer Food Service Program is providing free meals to youths this summer at two Scottsdale community locations. The SUSD catering service, Oak …
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Glendale, Scottsdale students athletes earn Ethical Champion award

In partnership with Arizona Interscholastic Association  for its ninth year, Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest  named two high school student-athletes as Ethical …
DEVELOPMENT

Sewer line project much bigger than planned

What was originally a $12 million sewer project north of the Central Arizona Project canal and south of Loop 101 between Pima Road and Scottsdale Road in 2021 has turned into a $67.9 million project …
Rescue animals

Scottsdale pet sanctuary sets $12,000 goal for upcoming online auction

Marking its third year in a row, Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary in Scottsdale is hosting its Summer Online Auction in June to support its mission of paying for senior dogs’ medical treatments and …
ENVIRONMENT

Scottsdale sustainability plan put on hold

After about two years of work, Scottsdale still does not have a sustainability plan. Receiving hundreds of emails opposed to the plan and hearing seven speakers against it at the May 21 meeting, …

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First Responders

DUI task force in action in Scottsdale Memorial Day weekend

The Scottsdale Police Department, in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the Arizona Department of Transportation and the National Traffic Safety Administration, will be …
Opinion

Goldberg: Modern times are tricky when raising kids

Technology has changed, and keeps changing, but no one changed the babies, young children, teens and adults. They all still need the same tender loving care they always did. There is nothing …
Management

Jones-Gordon School appoints Scottsdale resident chief development officer

The Jones-Gordon School, an innovative private school in Paradise Valley, dedicated to providing individualized and innovative education to students in grades 1-12 with language-based learning …
POLITICS

Scottsdale mayoral candidates turn in campaign finance reports

Money and elections have probably gone hand in hand since the very beginning, and this year is no different. Candidates for Scottsdale mayor filed their campaign finance reports for the first …
education

The Jones-Gordon School appoints first-ever chief development officer

The Jones-Gordon School, an innovative private school in Paradise Valley, announced the appointment of Jake L. Sanders as the first-ever chief development officer of the school. The Jones-Gordon …
economy

Travel’s economic impact on Scottsdale for National Travel & Tourism Week

It’s National Travel & Tourism Week, an annual tradition that spotlights the contributions of the United States tourism industry. Scottsdale Mayor David D. Ortega has officially …
CONCERT

Scottsdale Jazz concert draws record crowd

Taking center stage for a combination of cool jazz and blues, The Molina Fine Jewelers Scottsdale Jazz, Blues & Brews Festival presented by Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale proved a record-breaking …
SUSD

Scottsdale student wins Valley Metro art contest

Jackson Washburn, a junior at Chaparral High School, won Valley Metro’s 24th annual Design a Transit Wrap contest. Valley Metro brought the bus with Washburn’s wrap to Chaparral for …
Scottsdale Opinions with Civility
Rachel Sacco is the president and CEO of Experience Scottsdale, as well as a Paradise Vally resident.

Sacco: Celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week

National Travel and Tourism Week will be celebrated May 19-25 this year. The week spotlights travel’s essential role in stimulating economic growth, cultivating vibrant communities, creating …
Joe Smyth (Submitted photo)

Smyth: Civility over bedlam

Another reader expresses her concern about the Independent’s civility checklist for opinions, arguing that it can constrain free speech. I respectfully disagree.  There are plenty of …
Joanna Peyton (Submitted photo)

Peyton: Consider applying for Scottsdale Leadership

What’s the secret to growing, thriving, healthy community? A pipeline of forward-looking leaders who are motivated to unite our community, preserve what makes us unique and innovate to keep us …

Bengert: Is SUSD training the next generation of radical activists?

Over the past weeks, we have observed protests on college campuses across the nation. These events, which I believe are orchestrated and funded by external radical activists, have exploited the …

Shaler: Voters should provide proof of citizenship

People registering to vote who do not provide adequate proof of citizenship are allowed to vote a “Federal Only” ballot. So, what prevents all of these recent immigrants from voting for president and U.S. Congress in November?
Michael Stalter

Stalter: Best ways to cook American wagyu beef

American wagyu is becoming known around the world as one of the top styles of beef. Due to its amazing marbling of fat, tenderness and unique flavor American wagyu beef is demanded by chefs all over …
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SCOTTSDALE EDUCATION
Desert Canyon Elementary School celebrated its A+ School of Excellence award. From left, Arizona Education Foundation’s Outreach Specialist Skyler Bean, DCES principal Kimberly Mills, DCES assistant principal Erin Scagnelli. (Independent Newsmedia/George Zeliff)

Scottsdale school celebrates A+ award

Desert Canyon Elementary School (DCES) held an official A+ School of Excellence ceremony on Friday, May 10. The Arizona Education Foundation’s A+ School of Excellence Award program …
The Scottsdale Community College big jazz band played in the outdoor amphitheater on Monday, May 6. (Independent Newsmedia/George Zeliff)

Desert Mountain alum reflects on music journey

Scottsdale Community College (SCC) began their music week with a jazz showcase May 6. Desert Mountain High School (DMHS) joined in the outdoor concert at the SCC Amphitheatre. The DMHS Jazz I …
Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board members voted 3-2 during their April 30 meeting to give superintendent Dr. Scott Menzel a contract extension through 2027 and a $9,000 pay raise.

SUSD Superintendent gets contract extension, raise

Dr. Scott Menzel will stay on as Scottsdale Unified School District superintendent for at least three more years and got a raise to boot. The district governing board voted 3-2 during its April …
Fatimah Amer received the Stella Kiarie Innovation Award at the 2023 Arizona Health Equity Conference. (File photo)

Scottsdale student sparks hope

One of Scottsdale’s brightest young minds recently added another award to her resume. Fatimah Amer was recognized as one of the Arizona Junior Achievement (JA) 18 Under 18 Award recipients …
Five students from Scottsdale area schools were chosen by the Dragon Kim Foundation for it’s fellowship program. The students are Zara Pearce, Nila Kathiravan, Sasha Ana, Maya Ravishankar and Parisa Choudhury.

Five Scottsdale students chosen for Dragon Kim Foundation Fellowship Program

The Dragon Kim Foundation, an Orange County, California-based nonprofit has announced the selection of 131 teens from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds living in Arizona, California, and Nevada to …
Scottsdale Entertainment
Promotional image of Empowered Theater + Arts' "Cinderella: The Enchanted Edition."

Empowered artists take the stage for 'Cinderella: The Enchanted Edition'

Artists of Empowered Theater + Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Scottsdale, will perform Rodger and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella: The Enchanted Edition” at Phoenix Center for the Arts, …
Tomaso Maggiore.

Tomaso Maggiore Culinary Arts Foundation to hold inaugural legacy gala

The Tomaso Maggiore Culinary Arts Foundation is proud to introduce its inaugural legacy gala, with the mission to provide cultural immersion and educational opportunities for aspiring chefs in …
Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration at WestWorld returns for the 11th year. Festivities will include dining, a snowball fight, a bull riding rodeo, a sliders eating contest and, of course, fireworks.

Scottsdale 4th of July returns to WestWorld for 11th Year

Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration at WestWorld returns for the 11th year, Thursday, July 4, from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Ticket prices will not increase for the popular, family friendly patriotic …
Scottsdale resident Retired Rear Admiral Dr. Connie Mariano to speak will speak May 25 at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale.

Scottsdale resident Retired Rear Admiral Dr. Connie Mariano to speak

Retired Rear Admiral Dr. Connie Mariano will be the speaker for the Saturday, May 25, breakfast sponsored by the Veterans Ministry at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale. …
Comedian David Spade will headline the entertainment for the Personal Injury Mastermind Conference September 15-17.

Comedian David Spade performs in Scottsdale

The Personal Injury Mastermind Conference is thrilled to announce that comedian and actor David Spade will headline the entertainment for its inaugural event from September 15-17 at the Phoenician …
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